Fishing

Techniques for some new lures

Revamped Bassman 4×4 Spinnerbait Bassman Spinnerbaits is an Australian business that designs and makes all its lures here in Australia, specifically for our native species. Knowing their target species, the staff have recently improved the design of the 4×4 Spinnerbait. This lure now has three armatures instead of two, with four Colorado blades on two of the arms and one …

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Work with the wind in Lake Monduran

Another top spot that seems to have been forgotten is the point on the southern end of the entrance to Bird Bay. It is a great place to fish in the late afternoon and into the night. Anchoring off the point and casting back towards it is often very productive because you have really deep water on the basin side …

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Tactics for Tough Fishing

WORKING as a guide means you will regularly contend with less than desirable angling conditions, be it weather, fish moods or fish numbers. But you get paid to put fish in the boat, so that’s what you aim to do even when it’s tough fishing. Whether it’s one or hoards, you can’t let anything get between you and the fish. Mentally you …

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Guide to landing coronation trout

Fishing the same smaller reefs time and again will rarely see coronation trout caught from the same spots.  Because of this, the most important advice for targeting these fish consistently is to find new ground that has seen little to no fishing pressure. On the larger reef systems these fish move around a little and will take up residence in suitable …

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Tips when trolling for jacks

  G’DAY; I hope you had a great Christmas and new year holiday break. There is no doubt the mighty mangrove jack are bucket-list fish for most anglers in southeast Queensland and northern NSW due to their aggressive, hard-fighting nature and the fact that they will respond to an array of well-presented lures and baits. It should also be mentioned the …

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Hot Hinchinbrook action

fishing Hinchinbrook

A number of times I have been in the middle of a great jack bite when a boat has gone past and rolled wash onto the banks and the fish have instantly gone off the bite. I hope Santa Claus is good to you and your stocking is filled with fishing lures and apparel instead of socks and un-dies.  Raylene …

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Top trolling and reef fishing

reef fishing

visit www.bitememarlincharters.com.au Scotty holds a certificate of survey for eight people on day trips and six for overnighters. Thanks for a great day mate. For my next trip it was back to my little 4.3m tin-nie with me old mucker Mick Slade for an early morning bombing mission to the areas around Quartz Rock. We were on the water in …

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Good-quality catches around Cairns

large-mouth nannygai

We have experienced varying success on spanish mackerel, and mackerel numbers seem to be down a little. However plenty of large fish in the 15-20kg range have been reported. Our best effort was a monster 35kg specimen that gave one lucky angler a real fight. We normally put a floater or live bait out while at anchor and troll lures …

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Wild bass in small creeks

Wild bass

The association also organises its own fishing competitions and hosts several others throughout the year. Though chasing bass in Lake Macdonald is exciting and rewarding, there is something about the smash and crash of a wild bass as it hits your lure and heads straight back to its snag. I believe wild bass, pound for pound, will out-fight an impoundment …

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Tips for targeting flathead

targeting flathead

you can try outside the normal cast and retrieve pattern is a simple one that I have nicknamed tea bagging. Tea bagging is based on fishing the deeper holes where I locate bait on my sounder and positioning the boat directly over the top of it. I commence the same three short lifts as mentioned but instead of winding the …

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